More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and more than 25,000 are injured. The following life-saving tips could make a big difference to your family.
Have an Escape Plan Prepare and practice an Escape plan (outside link) from your home. Make sure the whole family knows the plan.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows two routes to escape from each room.
- Buy a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
- Keep the Fire Department’s number by your phone – Call 911 in case of an emergency. Call 715-258-4434 for non-emergencies.
- Keep a flashlight by your bed.
- Practice feeling your way out of the house with your eyes closed.
- Never open doors that are hot to the touch.
- Stay low in smoke.
- Teach your family to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if their clothes catch fire.
- Designate a meeting place outside.
- Remember to escape first, then notify the Fire Department.
- If you have questions about smoke alarms, escape plans, or any other safety issue, call the Fire Department at 715-258-4434.
Fire Escape Drills
- Plan and practice a fire escape route from every room. Always have Two ways out.
- Practice using a fire escape ladder to exit upper levels.
- Teach children not to hide from, or be afraid of firefighters.
- Identify a Special Meeting Place outside for everyone to meet in case of fire.
- Know how to call for emergency assistance. (Neighbors House) Remember 911
Using Your Escape Plan
- Crawl low, on your hands and knees, under the smoke.
- Feel closed doors with the back of your hand. If hot, use another exit.
- If not hot, open door slowly and check for smoke and fire.
Never go back inside once you’re out of the house!